We are all fascinated about King Tutankhamen, the boy pharaoh who assumed the throne at age nine and ruled until age 19. There is a mystique about him, probably based on his lavish tomb, discovered in 1922.
Now, a study published in the current issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that the young pharaoh was frail and lame and suffered multiple disorders. The DNA study determined that the most likely agents of his death were a severe bout of malaria combined with a degenerative bone condition. There is no evidence of foul play as had been suspected by some historians.
Another result of the study was that it appears that King Tut’s father (Akhenaten the controversial reform pharaoh who rule from about 1351 to 1334 B.C.) and his mother were siblings.
You can read the New York Times article by clicking on the link or read the journal article at our library which subscribes to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
-posted by Ed G., Reference Services